SNAP Benefits Extended Through May to Help Almost 2 Million Texans
Here's some good news for those in need of extra help this month. SNAP benefits have been extended for May, and they are expected to assist about 1.6 million Texans.
The governor's office has announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing over $317.9 million in emergency SNAP food benefits for the month of May.
The extension of emergency SNAP benefits for May will help ensure that families can put nutritious food on their tables. We are grateful to HHSC and USDA for the continued effort to provide support for families across Texas.
-Texas Governor Greg Abbott
SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and can be used to buy food from any location that accepts it. The benefits are loaded onto a Lone Star Card and can be used just like a debit or credit card.
SNAP Benefit Amount for May
SNAP benefits are based on family size. All SNAP households will get a minimum of $95 in emergency allotments for May, according to the press release.
The additional emergency benefits should appear in recipients’ accounts by May 31st.
What is NOT Covered by SNAP?
SNAP does not cover tobacco, alcohol, or items that can't be eaten. You also cannot use SNAP to pay for any food bills you owe, according to the Texas Health and Human Services website.
Applying for SNAP Benefits
If you’re in need, you can apply for both SNAP and Medicaid at YourTexasBenefits.com, or through the Your Texas Benefits mobile app.
If you're in Bell County and would like more information, you can call the Temple HHSC benefits office on 4501 South General Bruce Drive, Suite 25 at (254) 778-6751.
In Killeen, you can visit the Community Advocacy Resource Education Support Center at 3121 Commerce Drive, Building C.